June 18th, 2010

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Stargate Universe Season 1 Ep 20 Review

Incursion, Part 2

Kiva throws temper tantrums, TJ is utterly clueless, Eli and Chloe are a waste of perfectly good oxygen and Wray is smug and stupid. Destiny is near a binary pulsar and everyone could die. But as we all know death means nothing in the Stargate franchise.

Telford may be one of the good guys after all, he does not display any side-effects from being brainwashed for ages by baddies. Suddenly Telford and Young are on a first name basis, it is a shame their friendship wasn’t mentioned before now. I hope Telford survives to season 2, his brainwashing subplot is the only hook that could make me watch season 2.
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Supernatural Season 5 Ep 20 Review

The Devil You Know

Bobby whines. Crowley returns, it seems he planted a tracking device in the brothers car that has not been noticed until now. He offers to help the brothers’ track down Sneezey aka Pestilence. This is done via the Horsemen’s boot boy Brady who just happens to be Sam’s BFF from Stanford.

It seems Brady set up Sam’s relationship with Jess and killed her. Sam meanwhile comes up with a plan to stop Lucifer and it’s one of his stupid, arrogant plans which shows that he never learns.

Invisible hellhounds fight. Crowley makes Bobby an offer. Sam kills Brady and exorcising him isn’t even mentioned. This was okayish.
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The Tudors Season 4 Ep 5 Review

Katherine is confined and investigated. Suffolk’s chronic backstabbing syndrome kicks in again. Bad things happen to Dereham. Katherine is so stupid and cannot fathom the consequences of her actions. In the highlight of this episode Katherine runs through the court to Henry but he ignores her and she is dragged away screaming.

Culpepper the smug snake is arrested. Jane Boleyn falls apart. Katherine is offered a possible way out but is too stupid to see it. Where is Cranmer? Culpepper and Dereham meet their ends. Henry forgets all about Katherine to party with a bevy of skanks. Jane and Katherine are executed and nobody really cares. Such was the short, ephemeral reign of Katherine Howard as Queen Consort. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“Katherine Howard was a loose young woman.”
“You surely knew that.”

“How misfortunate I am to have so many ill-conditioned wives.”

“He spoiled the Queen for me.”

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Book Reviews: Apartment 16 + Unseen Academicals

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

This is an excellent and genuinely creepy novel about Barrington House, an upmarket apartment block where something malign lurks.

Seth the night-watchman explores Apartment 16 that has been vacant for 16 years and his experiences in there change him. Meanwhile Lillian an elderly resident dies and her great-niece arrives to claim her inheritance.

Apryl reads her great aunt’s diaries and learns of the evil that inhabits not only Apartment 16 but the whole of Barington House. This is a downbeat tale full of nightmare imagery. It is best read in daylight.

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Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

Football is the coming thing in the city of a Ankh-Morpork. The wizards of the Unseen University are to play a football match against a gang of street toughs, what could go wrong?

Well a lot and what does this all have to do with the mysterious Mr Nutt who works in the basement of the Unseen University? This was very good, very funny and with some cameos from much loved characters and characters who aren't really loved but show up anyway.